Middle-earth: Shadow of War Will Release Uncensored in Japan With CERO Z Rating

Japanese gamers will be able to enjoy Middle-earth: Shadow of War without cuts, but exclusively if they're over 18.

on June 23, 2017 2:08 AM

Warner Bros. Japan announced today that Middle-earth: Shadow of War received it’s CERO rating, and it’s Z.

CERO Z is the only legally enforced rating in the Japanese legislation, and places a game exclusively for players that are eighteen or older.

The good news is that Warner Bros. decided to release the game fully uncensored, letting Japanese gamers enjoy it without any difference from what their western colleagues will play. Japanese laws are notoriously stricter in on violence and gore, but apparently Shadow of War passed the censor unscathed.

The game will also be fully localized in Japanese, and will release locally on October 12th.

Like in the west, it will be an Xbox play anywhere title for Xbox One and Windows 10, available through the Windows Store. The press release also mentioned that Xbox One X will grant higher image quality. Of course, a PS4 version is also on the menu.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will launch in Europe and North America two days earlier, on October 10th.

This isn’t the first rather violent game to launch in Japan uncensored with a CERO Z rating recently, as Gears of War 4 followed the same route in May.

If you want to see more of the game, you can check out the latest story trailer. At E3 2017, it won our staff-voted Game of Show award.

 /  Executive News Editor
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